Stivers gets $250K grant for renovations

Stivers School for the Arts. (Photo/Dayton Public Schools)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A $250,000 grant will help restore Stivers School for the Art’s auditorium to its 1914 splendor.

Dayton Public Schools announced the grant Friday. It comes from the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation which is a fund of the Dayton Foundation.

The high school was restored in 2009, but due to budget constraints, the second floor auditorium was left alone.

The grant will help update the lighting system, install a new sound system and features to ensure sound quality, new dressing rooms and updated rigging and curtains.

“We deeply appreciate the support of the Eichelberger foundation,” Stivers Principal Erin Dooley said. “Our students perform constantly and stage time is at a premium. This grant from a generous community supporter is important to the school and the community.”

The auditorium received new seating in the last year thanks to the Seedling Foundation.  Seats from the old Julienne High School were moved to Stivers.

Stivers School for the Arts is located in the St. Anne’s Hill Historic District. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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